Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Wellness has always been an important part of my life both spiritually and physically. For a while, I lost my idea of what wellness means to me, but through creating retreats I have been able to find myself again.
As a child, I competed in USAG Gymnastics. Practicing between 24 and 28 hours a week and traveling around the east coast on weekends for competitions. My family was also very involved with our church. I chose to participate in youth group and lead preschool Sunday school. As I went away to college (5 hours from home) my idea of wellness took a shift. I was now in charge of my own schedule, no longer spending hours in the gym every day or spending time serving at church. My idea of wellness became blurred and I lost sight of things that were and still are important to me.
After graduating college, I lived in Cherry Hill, NJ and became a personal trainer. My idea of wellness started coming back, but I was struggling to determine if the wellness I was creating was for me or because it was what I was "supposed" to do as a trainer. Going to the gym wasn't fun, I was not going for a particular purpose, more so, I was just going through the motions. Spiritually, I found a church but was going because I felt like I was supposed to. I was not excited by what I was doing for myself. Quite frankly, because I was not doing things for me! I was doing things that I thought society wanted me to do.
Between living in New Jersey and moving to Philadelphia I opened and closed a meal prep business, became a trainer, got married, and started traveling the world. Things were changing at such a rapid pace, and for a while, I felt as if I was treading water. One day, my husband and I were discussing wellness and things we really wanted in life. That's when a light bulb went off, I need to do things for me, not simply be a yes man or caring what society wanted me to do.
Victor and I began brainstorming for our Wellness Retreats. While working on the retreats I realized that I needed to live into everything we were wanting people to gain on these retreats. I began taking care of myself with training, not because it was what I'm supposed to do to stay healthy, but because I want to feel grounded, strong and inspire others to do the same. I found a church that I love and have dived into daily devotionals, something that I really enjoy doing for myself as a way to start or end the day. I goal set, not to just write down goals, but to get to where I want to be in my future. I also realized that my community plays a huge role in my wellness. I want to live life for a purpose instead of a checklist. My community challenges me and encourages me to be the best version of myself.
I am so excited to share our next wellness retreat with you! If you're interested in resetting and creating a community with people who want to do the same, check out our one day reset in Philly August 11th from 9-4.
What do you do for your wellness?